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    When I was selling the too-tall-for-me R1200GS and bike shopping, I rode a new Honda VFR800F DLX Interceptor and was impressed with the power and feel. A big fan of the Honda V4 having ridden an ST1100 for a whole lotta miles, I almost got the VFR but thought the F800GT had a better riding position for me. I do some ironbutt kinds of rides.

    So I'm on an almost-new GT and liking it . . . except. And thinking the VFR might still be the better bike, I went bike shopping.

    One big q was whether or not my Wolfman bag could strap on the viffer, and I got that answered with a yes. See pics here for how it goes on the GT, which is pretty nicely.

    Honda stopped producing the VFR800s after model year 2015 but there are still enough of them out there in crates at dealers so one can buy a new '14 or '15, and they are priced nicely. I almost pulled the trigger.

    But didn't and am glad I didn't. That VTEC is a killer engine and the Interceptor is one sweet bike, but for doing 500 mile days, I am afraid the riding position is too racer-like.
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    My dealer has brand new '14 Interceptor Deluxe's for $7995 out the door (no fees, no PDI, no freight). For this price, if I were in the market for a new F800GT, I would drive past the BMW dealer and grab one of these Honda's without thinking twice.


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    I got a chance to ride a BMW R1200RS today. Didn't like it. The F800GT fits me like a glove. I was stretched out to the point I was ready to give the bike back after an hour and I still had 15 minutes to go till I could get it back to the dealer. I wasn't thinking twice about it.

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    Before purchasing my used GT (second one), I heard about some great deals on new VFRs at a local dealer. A test ride convinced me it was not the bike for me. Loved the V4, not a fan of the ride and handling. Different strokes for different folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    I got a chance to ride a BMW R1200RS today. Didn't like it.

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    I know there's no accounting for taste, but I just can't get past the styling of those bikes. For me, it's a non-starter.


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    The boxer I really like is the RNineT. My dealer in Lakewood CO had one when I was there last that had the fuel-tank-with-hand-welded-seam option, and it was too cool. I would end up admiring my seam sitting at a light, the light would go green, and I'd just be sitting there, then get beeped.
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    bought a VFR last year for a trip to Corsica from the uk 3000 mile trip,hated it!!! the vibration through the right hand grip made my hand numb,open the throttle and nothing happens till around 7000 revs,and the bike felt dangerously top heavy with luggage and full tank of fuel,sold it a week after I got back !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EineKleineSportstourer View Post
    When I was selling the too-tall-for-me R1200GS and bike shopping, I rode a new Honda VFR800F DLX Interceptor and was impressed with the power and feel. A big fan of the Honda V4 having ridden an ST1100 for a whole lotta miles, I almost got the VFR but thought the F800GT had a better riding position for me. I do some ironbutt kinds of rides.

    So I'm on an almost-new GT and liking it . . . except. And thinking the VFR might still be the better bike, I went bike shopping.

    One big q was whether or not my Wolfman bag could strap on the viffer, and I got that answered with a yes. See pics here for how it goes on the GT, which is pretty nicely.

    Honda stopped producing the VFR800s after model year 2015 but there are still enough of them out there in crates at dealers so one can buy a new '14 or '15, and they are priced nicely. I almost pulled the trigger.

    But didn't and am glad I didn't. That VTEC is a killer engine and the Interceptor is one sweet bike, but for doing 500 mile days, I am afraid the riding position is too racer-like.
    I found the VFR quite comfortable with a set of bar backs, lots more power everywhere than the GT, but worse mileage. I did several all day rides without problems. One day at close to 750 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by emlevy View Post
    I know there's no accounting for taste, but I just can't get past the styling of those bikes. For me, it's a non-starter.
    (cough...black...cough, cough...wheels...cough)

    I shopped two Hondas before settling on the BMW F800GT. One was the VFR800F and the other was the VFR1200F. The 800 got knocked out by the non-correctable riding position + chain and the 1200 got knocked out by too-limited range on a tank of gas.

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    Black wheels, yep, but there's other stuff I don't care for either. Not to be a critic, but if a bike's styling leaves me cold, it doesn't matter how incredibly capable it might be -- I likely won't be a buyer. Cough - KTM - cough - Ducati - cough - RS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EineKleineSportstourer View Post
    The boxer I really like is the RNineT. My dealer in Lakewood CO had one when I was there last that had the fuel-tank-with-hand-welded-seam option, and it was too cool. I would end up admiring my seam sitting at a light, the light would go green, and I'd just be sitting there, then get beeped.
    But what about functionality and comfort?
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    When you have a collection of bikes, each has a specialty. For me the RNineT would be a hanging around town machine, for riding the streets and boulevards, particularly at night.

    Avenue speeds, leather jacket, jeans, leave the touring suit at home. No earplugs under the helmet, because you want to hear that engine. Shift up a lot to keep the revs low.
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    Yep, that's my CB1100 for me. I call it "my Harley." Great cruiser.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Futterman View Post
    (cough...black...cough, cough...wheels...cough)

    I shopped two Hondas before settling on the BMW F800GT. One was the VFR800F and the other was the VFR1200F. The 800 got knocked out by the non-correctable riding position + chain and the 1200 got knocked out by too-limited range on a tank of gas.
    I had two VFR800s previously. A 98 that I might have kept forever if it hadn't been stolen and then later a 2004. Honestly, I miss the VFR, I miss the zip of the engine and the sound. The GT just feels gutless comparably. And the buzziness of the GT gets to my hand/wrist in a way the VFR never did -- and I drove the VFR hundreds of miles in a day several times and have never taken the GT over maybe 75 miles in one day. The only time I had a problem with the VFR was when I rode it from Pheonix to San Francisco in one day, then my hand hurt. But I also had a slipping grip that necessitate me holding on with a death grip. For the ergos, I did slap in some bar risers, but minor ones, I didn't have to change any of the hoses/wires. Oh, and a Sargent comfort seat. That is it. The bar risers were so easy to take in and take out, I would remove them occasionally for a fun runs in the mountains with friends. In the winter, or for long runs, I would put in a Givi touring screen for better protection. For the chain I only replaced it once on each VFR, and I did the Titanium sprockets with a high end DID chain and had no problems with it. I do like the belt better, (although I like my shaft drive bikes even better) but overall I liked the VFR better.

    flame on

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    Maybe sometime we can trade bikes for a ride. I just did a 400 mile ride with speeds up to 75 - 85 mph. There was a point where I found some vibration in the left hand. I thought that was strange, so I started thinking about it a bit more. I realized that if I moved my hand some, the vibration went away. Hmmm... Then I realized it was my glove finger vibrating and my hand picking it up from that. I moved my glove slightly so the loose glove finger was now touching the finger closer and the vibration went away.

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